Container Gardening

Regrow Your Food From Kitchen Scraps

Vegetables that will re-grow

I love to save money and I don’t like to waste things that can be reused or recycled in another way.  Did you know that many common vegetables are very easy to regrow from ordinary kitchen scraps?   I love the idea that you can use to regrow your food. What a great way to…

Succulent Bird Cage Planter – Super Easy DIY Garden Project

Succulent Bird Cage Planter

I just love using household items in my garden in a creative way.  Today’s project is going to be to transform an old birdcage into a succulent birdcage planter.  If you love succulents as much as I do, you will want to check out my guide for buying succulents. It tells what to look for, what…

Air Plant Holders – Containers to Display Your Tillandsia Collection

air plant planters

Air plants are not only fun to grow, they are also fun to display.  So many household items can be fashioned into containers for these sweet little plants that don’t need soil to grow.  These air plant holders are cute. compact and perfect to display your tillandsia collection. Succulents like tillandsia are drought smart plants…

Balloon Flower – Tips for Growing Platycodon grandiflorus

Platycodon grandiflorus is also known as Balloon flower

Balloon Flower, or Platycodon grandiflorus, is also known as Chinese Bell flower. The common names of this pretty perennial plant come from the plump found flower buds that resemble hot air balloons or Chinese lanterns before they open. Growing Balloon Flower Perennial This hardy and easy care perennial is one of my favorite summer blooming perennials. The…

Controlling Monkey Grass – How to Get Rid of Liriope

Liriope - Monkey Grass can be used as a focal plant , border plant or ground cover.

Depending on your point of view, you will either consider monkey grass a lovely ground cover or an unwanted weed.  If the latter is more of your mindset, these tips for controlling monkey grass will help you get rid of your unwelcome garden visitor. Check Craig’s list free advertisements on most weekends in the summer here…

Dieffenbachia Poisoning – How Toxic is this Houseplant?

Dieffenbachia plant

Dieffenbachia poisoning is talked about all the time when the plant is reviewed on line, but how toxic is the plant to your cats, dogs and children, really? Dieffenbachia one of the most common indoor plants, is easy to care and great as an office plant. However the plant can be poisonous so there are some situations…

Growing Strawberries -Tips and Tricks for Best Success

One of the joys of summer time is the flavor of home grown strawberries.  Growing strawberries is very easy as long as you understand the type of plant that you are trying to grow. Of all the fruit plants, strawberries are one of the easiest to grow and so rewarding.  The taste of the berries makes…

Re-growing Carrot Greens from Scraps

Growing carrot greens is a great Earth Day project

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22.  It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now remembered in more that 193 countries! When I think of Earth Day, I think of recycling, taking care of the environment and planting food. I thought it would be fun to share this project that shows how easy…

Growing Garlic Greens Indoors

Garlic bulbs that have sprouted

The other day I grabbed my onion basket to get some garlic and found a clove that had sprouted. My first thought was I guess I will see how Growing Garlic Greens Indoors works out! This time of the year, I love to tend indoor plants, since there is not much growing outside. I use…

Cement Blocks Raised Garden Bed

Cement Blocks Raised Garden Bed

This cement blocks raised garden bed makes a great home for hardy succulents and colorful annuals. It is easy to assemble and makes tending the plants a breeze. A few years ago, I used a group of cement blocks to make a corner planter for my succulents. I LIKED it but didn’t love it.  It…

Growing Onion Bottoms in Pots

Growing Onion Bottoms

Onions are such a versatile vegetable. I use them almost every day in recipes.  I always seem to have onions growing in various places in my house and garden. Growing onions indoors can be done quite a few different ways.  Growing onion bottoms is a great way to use parts of the onion that would…

Lithops Care – How to Grow Living Stones

Red Lithops Plant

The term living stones seems to be a paradox?  How can a stone be alive, you might ask?  Lithops, a variety of succulent from South Africa, has the common name living stone.  Succulents like lithops are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow and make fantastic houseplants.  Be sure to check out my…

Braided Money Tree Plant – A Symbol of Luck and Prosperity

Braided Money TreePlant

Looking for a little luck and prosperity in your home? Try growing a Braided Money Tree Plant.  This fabulous indoor plant has a braided trunk, glossy leaves and is easy care. This technique of braiding the trunk is thought to symbolize looking for money and luck! The braided money tree plant has been around for…

Coffee Pot Terrarium

Coffee Pot Terrarium

This cute coffee pot terrarium is the perfect bit of household plant decor to have nearby when I have my morning cup of coffee. It puts me in a good mood for the day just to look at it! If you love succulents as much as I do, you will want to check out my…

Biltmore Estate Gardens Tour

Biltmore Estate Gardens are a highlight of a visit to this iconic estate in Western North Carolina.  The gardens, while not classified as a Botanical Gardens per se, is a fabulous place to see plants of all types. My husband and I recently spent several days in the mountains of North Carolina with our daughter.…

Creative Garden Art

Spray and old watering can purple and plant with pretty flowers for easy garden art

Garden art can cost an arm and a leg if you purchase it from garden centers.  But this does not have to be the case.  It is easy to create instant interest in the garden by making use of recycled or common household items and turning them into garden art. I love to make creative…

My Favorite Daylilies – A Garden Tour

Banana Boogiebait Daylily

When it comes to versatility, blossoms and easy of care, very few perennials can match daylilies.   They give a magnificent show of flowers, sometimes more than once during the summer season, can be managed by inexperienced gardeners and multiply like crazy to give more plants as the seasons progress. I thought it would be…

Coleus Plants – One of my Favorite Annuals for Color

How to grow coleus.

You Can’t Beat Coleus Plants for Summer Color I am always looking for plants to give my garden a burst of color which will last throughout the season.  I plant the normal flowering annuals such as pansies, petunias, zinnias and others.  But there is one variety which gives huge color impact, and is one of…

Get into the Gardening Spirit with Plant Something Day

May 19 is Plant something day. Find out what other gardening days are celebrated in the Month of may on thegardeningcook.com #PlantSomething #MrsMeyersInspires #ad

Thank you Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® for sponsoring this post and for sponsoring Plant Something Day, as Well. #PlantSomething #MrsMeyersInspires AD. It’s time for Pant Something Day! Do you remember those days from years ago when May baskets were added to a friend’s doorway on May Day, the First of May?  I remember those days, fondly,…

Plant Propagation Tips – New Plants for Free

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If you garden, you will know that the cost of buying new plants can get very expensive over time. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful garden.  Just follow some of these plant propagation tips and you will have a whole slew of new perennial garden plants without the…

Recycled Bird Bath Becomes Garden Plant Stand

recyclled bird bath becomes garden planter

My husband is the king of finding things that I can recycle to use in my garden. Last year, it was a set of musical instruments that made a great garden display. This year it is a whole host of things that I am incorporating as the weeks go by into one of my garden…

Rustic Succulent Planters That Can Take the Heat

Succulent planter ideas

For the last few years, I have been experimenting more and more with succulents.  These drought hard plants can really take the heat and can be potted up in so many ways. These rustic succulent planters will show you how to use ordinary items to display your plants If you love succulents as much as I do,…

Early Spring Garden Projects

18 tips for early spring gardening

I know that in most parts of the country, the ground is still covered with snow, but as any good gardener will tell you, “it’s never to early to start thinking about spring gardening!”  There are lots of things that you can do to get ready.  These early spring garden projects will get a jump…